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  1. a person who wears a mask or fantastic costume while merrymaking or taking part in a pantomime, especially at Christmas and other festive seasons.
  2. an actor, especially a pantomimist.
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Origin of mummer

First recorded in 1400–50, mummer is from the late Middle English word mommer. See mum2, -er1
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Related Words for mummer

mime, fool, jester, buffoon, comedian, comic, prankster, thespian, impersonator, copycat, parrot, actor, player, imitator, performer, parodist, mummer, trouper, caricaturist, impressionist

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Historical Examples of mummer

  • He had at hand a surer ladder to fame than the mummer's art.

    The Man Shakespeare

    Frank Harris

  • They ought at least, to give us a moorish dance, or some other mummer!

  • But the mummer had gone so far as to assume the type of the Red Death.

  • A steamer was bearing my lady-love into the presence of her mummer.

    The Confession of a Fool

    August Strindberg

  • He was so much bigger than Mummer that it was hard to believe that they were own cousins.

British Dictionary definitions for mummer


  1. one of a group of masked performers in folk play or mime
  2. a mime artist
  3. jocular, or derogatory an actor
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Word Origin for mummer

C15: from Old French momeur, from momer to mime; related to momon mask
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Word Origin and History for mummer


"one who performs in a mumming, actor in a dumb show," early 15c., probably a fusion of Middle French momeur "mummer" (from Old French momer "mask oneself," from momon "mask") and Middle English mommen "to mutter, be silent," related to mum (interjection).

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